Tightly structured film noir that begs rediscovery. A man witnesses a murder and avoids becoming state witness by going on the lam. The police use his wife to track him down while she is accompanied by a reporter who may be more than he seems. Very well paced with a memorable climax in an amusement park. Worth looking for.
A murder mystery full of intrigue. A noir film with all the quintessential trappings, this time elevated by the beautiful on-location cinematography in San Francisco. Definitely one to watch for any fans of vintage films. I had never heard of this one before its selection by Mubi, but I'm so glad I saw it.
"I thought the police were supposed to protect people - not put them in danger." // Fabulous S.F. scenery, but the finale isn't Playland-at-the-Beach in S.F., it was filmed at Pacific Ocean Park in Santa Monica. However, you can still visit Laughing Sal, the maniacal automaton from that scene, at the Musee Mecanique, located in the former location of Sutro Baths and Playland-At-The-Beach in S.F..
35mm. The first half hour, in the night, is a brilliant use of brightness and darkness, just as in the final sequence at an amusement park, also by night, where this movie finds the lifeblood of its movement. During the day, strollin' around San Francisco, the most beautiful city of my world, the film reduces the soul that gets in the night. Ann Sheridan is absolutely extraordinary and should be more remembered.
Ann SHERIDAN : côté face glamour style Ida LUPINO et côté pile cinglant à la Bette DAVIS. Bonne scène finale au parc d'attractions et sur les montagnes russes. === Heads she's glam as Ida LUPINO & tails she's tough as Betty DAVIS. Good final scene at the amusement park and on the rollercoaster.
A charming, punchy entry in the underrated sub-genre of "noir comedy". What unfolds, through a crime plot, tongue-in-cheek humor, some digs at the police, and wonderful San Francisco location shooting, is the righting of an unhappy marriage, from stasis to chaos to discovery, surely as anything screwball. A big thanks to NOIR CITY 13 for introducing this to me, and for giving it such a great presentation.
Check out the new zone 2 DVD released in France from a digital master. Gorgeous! There is really something special about this film noir. The hero is a woman, she will learn a lot about herself during her quest and the final is Wellesian. It's a compliment. Highly recommended.